The beautiful UC Davis campus, with its state-of-the-art collegiate facilities will serve as the back drop for the weekend's festivities. Known for their reputation as a campus with an academic climate towards solving problems related to health and society, it is a perfect venue for Special Olympics Northern California. All four sport venues are located on the campus with several within walking distance of each other.
The outdoor Bocce Courts will be on the A Street Field. The courts can be found behind the Track & Field awards tent. The landscaped lawn makes it an excellent facility for competition. There will be as many as 30 four-person teams competing. Preliminary play will occur on Saturday with final team play and awards presented on Sunday. Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs and plenty of sunscreen to enjoy the competition.
The Tennis competition will take place at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. Known as one of the best tennis centers on the West Coast, the Marya Welch Tennis Center encompasses sixteen courts, plaza area, fan seating and other player amenities. It is a fantastic place to showcase the talents of our tennis athletes. There will be about 50 athletes competing in individual skills competition, individual or doubles matches.
The Track and Field competition will be located at Toomey Field, home of the UC Davis track & field team. The facility has hosted numerous championship events for track & field. During the 2000 Olympic Trials, standout Michael Johnson used the track as a practice facility. Track will have the most athletes competing with approximately 340 participants. Awards will be presented on Saturday and Sunday as athletes conclude their events.
Two pools will be utilized for the Swimming competition. Developmental events, for athletes with lower swimming ability, will take place on Saturday at Hickey Pool. Schaal Aquatics Center will host competition on Saturday and Sunday for those athletes who have mastered basic to advanced swimming skills. It is expected that 250 athletes will compete in several different events over the weekend.
The Pavilion is the largest event venue on the UC Davis campus, with a seating capacity of up to 8,000. The size and scope of the Pavilion makes it an exciting and vibrant venue for our Opening Ceremony on Friday evening. On Saturday it will be converted into our Healthy Athlete Village and then on Saturday evening host our athlete victory dance.
Athletes and coaches who travel to Summer Games from out of the area are housed in dorms for Friday and Saturday night in the Segundo Residence Hall Area. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the dining halls with delegations scheduled in shifts to accommodate the large number of coaches and athletes. Lunches will be served at the sport venues for all registered athletes, coaches and volunteers.